Jeremiah 52:1 Zedekiah [was] one and twentie yeere olde when he began to reigne, and he reigned eleuen yeeres in Ierusalem, and his mothers name [was] Hamutal the daughter of Ieremiah of Libnah. Jeremiah 52:2 And hee did that [which was] euill in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that Iehoiakim had done. Jeremiah 52:3 For through the anger of the LORD it came to passe in Ierusalem and Iudah, till hee had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
Jerusalem is besieged and taken.
Jeremiah 52:4 And it came to passe in the ninth yere of his reigne, in the tenth moneth, in the tenth [day] of the moneth, [that] Nebuchad rezzar king of Babylon came, hee, and all his armie against Ierusalem, and pitched against it, and built fortes against it round about. Jeremiah 52:5 So the citie was besieged vnto the eleuenth yeere of king Zedekiah. Jeremiah 52:6 And in the fourth moneth, in the ninth [day] of the moneth, the famine was sore in the citie, so that there was no bread for the people of the land. Jeremiah 52:7 Then the city was broken vp, and all the men of warre fled, and went foorth out of the citie by night, by the way of the gate between the two wals, which [was] by the kings garden (now the Caldeans [were] by the city round about) and they went by the way of the plaine.
Zedekiah's sons killed, and his own eyes put out.
Jeremiah 52:8 But the armie of the Caldeans pursued after the king, and ouertooke Zedekiah in the plaines of Iericho, & all his armie was scattered from him. Jeremiah 52:9 Then they tooke the king, and caried him vp vnto the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath: where he gaue iudgement vpon him. Jeremiah 52:10 And the king of Babylon slew the sonnes of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slewe also all the princes of Iudah in Riblah. Jeremiah 52:11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and the king of Babylon bound him in chaines, and caried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.
Nubuzar-adan burneth and spoileth the city.
Jeremiah 52:12 Now in the fifth moneth, in the tenth [day] of the moneth (which [was] the nineteenth yeere of Nebuchad-rezzar king of Babylon) came Nebuzaradan captaine of the guard, [which] serued the king of Babylon, into Ierusalem; Jeremiah 52:13 And burnt the house of the LORD, and the kings house, and all the houses of Ierusalem, and all the houses of the great men burnt he with fire. Jeremiah 52:14 And all the armie of the Caldeans that [were] with the captaine of the guard, brake downe all the walles of Ierusalem round about. Jeremiah 52:15 Then Nebuzaradan the captaine of the guard, caried away captiue [certaine] of the poore of the people, and the residue of the people that remained in the citie, and those that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude. Jeremiah 52:16 But Nebuzaradan the captaine of the guard, left [certaine] of the poore of the land for Uine-dressers and for husbandmen. Jeremiah 52:17 Also the pillars of brasse that [were] in the house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brasen sea that [was] in the house of the LORD, the Caldeans brake, and caried all the brasse of them to Babylon. Jeremiah 52:18 The cauldrons also, and the shouels, and the snuffers, and the bolles, and the spoones, and all the vessels of brasse wherewith they ministred, tooke they away. Jeremiah 52:19 And the basons, and the firepans, and the bolles, and the cauldrons, and the candlestickes, and the spoones, and the cuppes; that which [was] of golde, [in] golde, and that which [was] of siluer, [in] siluer, tooke the captaine of the guard away: Jeremiah 52:20 The two pillars, one Sea, and twelue brasen bulles, that [were] vnder the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of the LORD: the brasse of all these vessels was without weight. Jeremiah 52:21 And concerning the pillars, the height of one pillar [was] eighteene cubites, and a fillet of twelue cubites did compasse it, and the thickenesse thereof [was] foure fingers: [it was] hollow. Jeremiah 52:22 And a chapiter of brasse [was] vpon it, and the height of one chapiter [was] fiue cubites, with networke and pomegranates vpon the chapiters round about, all of brasse: the second pillar also and the pomegranates [were] like vnto these. Jeremiah 52:23 And there were ninetie and sixe pomegranates on a side, [and] all the pomegranates vpon the networke [were] an hundreth round about.
He carrieth away the captives.
Jeremiah 52:24 And the captaine of the guard tooke Seraiah the chiefe Priest, and Zephaniah the second Priest, and the three keepers of the doore. Jeremiah 52:25 Hee tooke also out of the citie an Eunuch, which had the charge of the men of warre, and seuen men of them that were neere the kings person which were found in the citie, and the principall Scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in the middest of the citie. Jeremiah 52:26 So Nebuzar-adan the captaine of the guard tooke them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah. Jeremiah 52:27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death in Riblah, in the land of Hamath: thus Iudah was caried away captiue out of his owne land. Jeremiah 52:28 This [is] the people whom Nebuchad-rezzar caried away captiue in the seuenth yeere, three thousand Iewes and three and twentie. Jeremiah 52:29 In the eighteenth yeere of Nebuchad-rezzar hee caried away captiue from Ierusalem eight hundredth, thirtie and two persons. Jeremiah 52:30 In the three and twentith yeere of Nebuchad-rezzar, Nebuzar-adan the captaine of the guard, caried away captiue of the Iewes seuen hundreth fortie and fiue persons: all the persons [were] foure thousand and sixe hundreth.
Evil-Merodach advanceth Jehoiachin.
Jeremiah 52:31 And it came to passe in the seuen and thirtieth yeere of the captiuitie of Iehoiakin king of Iudah, in the twelfth moneth, in the fiue and twentieth [day] of the moneth, [that] Euil-merodach king of Babylon, in the [first] yeere of his reigne, lifted vp the head of Iehoiakin king of Iudah, and brought him forth out of prison, Jeremiah 52:32 And spake kindly vnto him, and set his throne aboue the throne of the kings that [were] with him in Babylon, Jeremiah 52:33 And changed his prison garments: and hee did continually eate bread before him all the dayes of his life. Jeremiah 52:34 And for his diet, there was a continuall diet giuen him of the king of Babylon, euery day a portion vntill the day of his death, all the dayes of his life.